LOT 149

1892 - 1977

Autumn Tangle, Morin Heights
oil on board
initialed and on verso signed, titled, dated October 1963 and inscribed "4380" on a label
8 1/2 x 10 3/8 in, 21.6 x 26.4 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000 CAD

Sold for: $15,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
By descent to a Private Collection, Montreal
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 23, 2007, lot 84
Private Collection, Winnipeg
Private Collection, Toronto

Dennis Reid, Edwin Holgate, National Gallery of Canada, 1976, the 1964 canvas entitled Autumn Tangle reproduced page 82

Edwin Holgate was known for his fine landscape and modernist portrait painting, and his friendship with A.Y. Jackson and allegiance to landscape led to his joining the Group of Seven in 1929. He had a strong connection with the Laurentians, having built a cabin at Lake Tremblant in 1925 and painted in the vicinity. After returning to Montreal in 1944 from service as a war artist, he found the art scene changed. Holgate did not feel a connection to the new world of abstract art there, and in 1946 moved to Morin Heights in the Laurentians. He enjoyed the isolation there, although he kept his connections with Montreal, and in 1946 held a retrospective exhibition at the Dominion Gallery. Holgate’s long hours of reflection on the beauty of the Laurentians produced an easy intimacy with his subject, and he often focused on scenes with melting snow or autumn colours, such as in this beautiful and lushly coloured work. Holgate must have felt strongly about this work, as he painted a large canvas based on it in 1964 entitled Autumn Tangle, which is reproduced in Dennis Reid’s Canadian Artists Series book on Holgate.

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000 CAD

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